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Brunch Ordinance for Earlier Alcohol Sales on Sundays Fails in Bryson City

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
September 20, 2017

Old Swain Co. Courthouse, Bryson City

BRYSON CITY – The county seat of Swain County, Bryson City, said no to a Brunch Ordinance proposal last week (Wednesday, September 13th).

According to the Smokey Mountain News (SMN), the room was full of people to hear what Aldermen would decide on the initiative. Three of the four Aldermen said that they were against the new ordinance, which would have allowed for earlier alcohol sales on Sunday mornings.

In June of this year, the North Carolina General Assembly passed SB 155 – ABC Omnibus Legislation, which authorized towns, cites, and counties to begin alcohol sales two hours earlier on Sundays. Current law allows sales to start on Sunday only after the noon hour. But since the passage of SB 155 and Governor Roy Cooper’s signing of the measure into law, Sunday sales of alcohol can begin at 10:00 a.m. if local governing bodies approve an ordinance to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

Confederate Monuments Saga Continues in North Carolina, Creech Says He’s Skeptical of the Movement’s Real Motives

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
September 15, 2017

RALEIGH-DURHAM – The saga for removing Confederate Memorials in North Carolina continues with new leftist actions meant to ramp up the pressure.

Last Friday, Governor Roy Cooper’s administration petitioned the State’s Historical Commission to remove three Confederate monuments from the Capitol grounds in Raleigh. The Governor wants to move them to Bentonville Battlefield, a historic Civil War site in Johnston County.

In 2015, The North Carolina General Assembly passed a measure that then Governor Pat McCrory signed. Senate Bill 22 stated, “a monument, memorial, or work of art owned by the State may not be removed, relocated, or altered in any way without the approval of the North Carolina Historical Commission.”

Recently Governor Cooper called for the removal of all Confederate monuments and for lawmakers to repeal SB 22. He contended such monuments would be better in museums and historical sites.

SB 22 further declared as state law: Read the rest of this entry »

‘Need Less Liquor and More Church’ Implore Davidson County Citizens against Sunday Brunch Initiative

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
September 15, 2017

DAVIDSON CO. – The Davidson County Board of Commissioners is poised to pass a “brunch bill” ordinance at its Sept. 26 meeting, despite impassioned pleas from a half dozen residents, mainly ministers, who opposed the measure at a public hearing Tuesday night. The ordinance would allow Sunday alcohol sales to begin at 10 a.m. rather than noon.

Opponents cited studies showing that increased accessibility to alcohol increases alcohol use and implored the board to consider the harm that alcohol abuse already causes their county.

“Granted it is not the place of the government to legislate church attendance, but there was a time when the government was more supportive of the church’s effort to strengthen our homes and community,” said Tim Miller, pastor of Mountain View Baptist in Lexington. He said much of his time is spent helping rebuild and remold lives destroyed by alcohol.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Brunch Ordinance Soundly Defeated in Holly Ridge

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
September 14, 2017

HOLLY RIDGE – Tuesday, the Holly Ridge Town Council soundly defeated a Brunch Ordinance proposal.

According to the Jacksonville Daily News (JDN), no one stood in opposition or support of the measure. Councilwoman Carolyn Stanley made the motion to approve the initiative, but it died for lack of a second.

WWAY reports that Mayor Anita Dingler said that the measure did not make it for a vote, but if it had it would have failed by a vote of 4 to 1.

Dingler also released the following statement:

“The ‘Brunch Bill’…did not pass at the September Town Council Meeting. The motion was made to make the change…but there was no second of the motion, so the motion did not carry. Members of the Holly Ridge Town Council each voted the way he felt best represented what was best for the citizens of Holly Ridge and for the town.” Read the rest of this entry »

Charlotte Mayor Who Started HB 2 Controversy Defeated

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
September 13, 2017

CHARLOTTE – Tuesday, Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles defeated Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts in the Democratic mayoral primary. Roberts was soundly defeated by a 46 to 36 percent margin.

From the beginning to the present, Roberts was at the heart of the HB 2 controversy, commonly referred to as the “bathroom bill.” As Mayor of the Queen City, she championed the ordinance that was unquestionably an overreach by the city, precipitating the need for the North Carolina General Assembly to act by passing HB 2.

The ordinance, barring all common sense, permitted an individual, regardless of his or her biological anatomy, to use any restroom, locker room, showers, or changing room, with whichever gender he or she subjectively identified. Read the rest of this entry »

Onslow County Rejects Brunch Ordinance

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
September 13, 2017

ONSLOW CO. – The Onslow County Board of Commissioners have rejected a proposed Brunch Bill Ordinance. The initiative was defeated by a 3-2 vote earlier this month, September 6th.

Commissioners Robin Knapp and Paul Buchanan voted in favor of the measure, while commissioners Royce Bennett, Mark Price, and Chairman Jack Bright voted against it.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League said the commissioners that voted against the proposal demonstrated considerable courage.

“We are living in a time in our country where it isn’t popular to offer objections to some scheme to make alcohol more accessible. If you do, you’re treated like a member of the flat earth society. But you don’t need to be a neo-prohibitionist or even very religious to see that alcohol is not an ordinary commodity. It’s a recreational drug that presents dire consequences for communities. The science of the matter is overwhelming – scrupulous controls are necessary to protect the public’s health. The three who voted against the Brunch Ordinance in Onslow County did their jobs and protected their community’s well-being from over-zealous business interests.” Read the rest of this entry »

NC Abortion Fund Says Killing Unborn Babies is ‘a Social Good’

Liberty Headlines
September 13, 2017

 

(Daily Caller News Foundation) The Carolina Abortion Fund (CAF) said in a tweet Wednesday that killing unborn babies helps society.

“Abortion is a social good,” reads the tweet, with the hashtag “BeBoldEndHyde.”

The Hyde Amendment “prohibits the expenditure for any abortion of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law.”

It also doesn’t allow federal funds to cover health benefits that include abortion. It does make exceptions for prohibitions on abortion if the pregnancy is the result of rape and incest, or if the woman suffers from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would put her life in danger unless an abortion is performed.  Read the rest of this entry

‘Cake Case’ Has Ingredients for Historical Outcome

By Charlie Butts
OneNewsNow.com
September 13, 2017

The American Family Association is asking its supporters to stand with the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions against political correctness.

Potentially “huge ramifications” for religious liberty – that’s what is at stake, says AFA, as Colorado cake shop owner Jack Phillips’ case is to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he declined to provide a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple based on his faith and lost before Colorado courts.

Walker Wildmon, an assistant to AFA president Tim Wildmon, tells OneNewsNow that Phillips isn’t the only business owner who has been told to dismiss his religious beliefs.

“We’ve seen over a dozen examples specifically of Christian business owners who are being driven out of business by various commissions and bureaucrats because of their religious beliefs,” Wildmon begins. “And this case could be a turning point at the Supreme Court for religious liberty and frankly for the First Amendment rights of people of faith.” Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Court of Appeals Says State Laws against Cheating during Marriage are Constitutional

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
September 8, 2017

RALEIGH – This week the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of two North Carolina laws, alienation of affection and criminal conversation, which are designed to protect the promise of monogamy in marriage.

According to court documents, Marc Malecek discovered that his wife, Amber, a nurse at Wake Baptist Medical Center, was having an affair with Dr. Derek Williams, cardiologists at the same hospital.

Malecek sued Williams on the basis of alienation of affection (wrongful acts which deprive a married person of the affections of his or her spouse) and criminal conversation (engagement in a sexual relationship with someone’s spouse).

The Tar Heel state is one of seven states which allows for lawsuits based on these torts. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama, North Carolina, and A More Laissez-Faire Approach to Alcohol

CAL Staff, Joe Godfrey of Alabama Citizens Action Program
September 5, 2017

Despite the overwhelming evidence of the growing negative aftermath in this country from alcohol use and abuse, public officials, typically in a chase for more revenue for governing bodies, continue to loosen alcohol control measures. One means of loosening control is to privatize alcohol sales.

North Carolina is one of 17 states across the U.S. that adopted a control model after the repeal of prohibition. The single feature distinguishing a “control” state as opposed to one that is “privatized” (licensure) is control states take ownership of the product and retain the exclusive rights of sale, thereby having a greater level of control to prevent abuses.

In North Carolina, liquor is sold only in the state’s 427 ABC stores. Prices are uniform. Advertising of liquor is extremely limited and not allowed by any ABC stores, which are not open on major holidays, Sundays, or after 9:00 p.m.

Alabama is also a control state. In the article below, Joe Godfrey, executive director of the Birmingham-based Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAO), addresses recent calls in his state for privatization. Such calls have also been bandied about in the Tar Heel state. Read the rest of this entry »